Kyle surprises Kelley and proposes on Private Island in the Cayman Islands

I got an email from Kyle and this was the content…

Subject: Proposing to my future wife…

Email: Will you help me propose to the woman I plan to be with forever?

Slideshow: CLICK HERE

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!:)She said yes!

kyle is on one knee to propose

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Kyle emailed me a few days before they got on board their cruise ship and told me what he wanted to do. Poor guy boarded the ship without being able to finalize the plan so was making texts from his phone or sending emails at $11.00 per minute. AHHHHHHH! Anyhow we were able to connect and pick them up from the ship and bring them to the fabulous Camana Bay. Once their, Kelley thought they were off for a tour and shopping, Kyle walked her across the bridge to the private island and I was there “photographing” Cooper (my 9 year old son) as a ‘covert’ operation so that Kelley would not think it was suspicious for a photographer to be at the end of this bridge. Once they got over to the island, there on a table was a bottle of champagne and two glasses and an envelope with her name on it. Kelley took the envelope very suspiciously and opened it to read… Will you marry me?… and yes, She said YES!

Cayman Islands Wedding at the Wharf | Taylor + Bobby Married

Robert and Taylor met and dated in high school, stayed friends all throughout college and started dating again a few years ago. Of course, because Taylor has grown up coming to the Cayman Islands and her two older sisters were married in the Cayman Islands, it was an easy choice for this couple. When the family called me to let me know that they were heading back to Cayman for wedding number 3, I was so excited. So this is officially my HAT TRICK wedding. Taylor decided to get ready at Shangri la, which is stunning, the rooms are gorgeous and the gardens are amazing. We hung Taylors dress outside amongst the yellow Poui trees and her sisters were all helping her get ready. The Wharf was the perfect venue for the ceremony, the beach, the fabulous food and decor.

Venue: Wharf

Flowers:

Music: Earl La Pierre

Videography: Picture This studios

He proposed at the zoo in Des Moines, Iowa where we had our very first date. He is a sneaky man! Weeks before the day, he told me he was going to Okoboji for a guys weekend. As I was hanging out with some girlfriends, I got a million group text messages from my family talking about national giraffe day at the Des Moines Zoo and how we were going to get our family Christmas card picture there, so of course I HAD to be there. I walk into the zoo and explain to the lady that I’m looking for my family to take a picture with the giraffes. The zoo is empty and I can’t get ahold of anyone in my family! (Isn’t that always what happens when you need people…they don’t answer!) I started walking on the boardwalk to the giraffes, and I look down to see hearts leading up to the gazebo that say “God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you.” At that point, everything clicks! I follow the hearts to the gazebo and see a bouquet of flowers with a computer that has music and slideshow pictures of Bobby and I. As the slideshow ends, I turn to see Bobby walking down the boardwalk…he comes up to the gazebo and gets down on one knee. As I shake my head yes, I think to myself, “I am the luckiest girl in the world!”

SLIDESHOW

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Taylor and her sisters get ready for the big day.

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  • Honestly, the things that went wrong–it helps to make the day even more special and memorable than it already was.

  • Phenomenal, I am so happy that we got married in Cayman
  • Get the big things such as venue, photography, cake, flowers etc out of the way…and make sure to do things more in advanced because most of the time you are working through email and it may take longer than expected to get things nailed down. And don’t stress!!

INCREDIBLE! You are AMAZING and we absolutely love you and your work!

We did see each other before the wedding and I am so glad we did! That gave time for Bobby and I to have moments together with no one else around it was something we will always cherish.

Honestly, we were blessed with Rebecca and the Picture This team, so we didn’t have any stressful things to worry about it–they took care of all the wedding photos and wedding party photos and helped everything to go smoothly.

Get married on an island–Cayman Islands if you have the option, it is absolutely beautiful (if you get married in Cayman, seriously contact Rebecca Davidson and Picture This, they are incredible!! Getting married on the beach makes everything so laid back and takes the stress out of normal weddings.

God Blessed the Broken Road–First Dance My Little Girl–Father-Daughter Dance Forever Young–Mother-son Dance

We love Cayman! Taylor grew up visiting the Cayman Islands and wanted to share the special place with Bobby–he of course loved it and we decided to get married there!

Grand Old House Wedding | Sarah and Robert | Diving Buddies are married

Venue: Grand Old House

Dress Boutique and Dress Designer: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner

Wedding Planner: Livia Kwong

How did you meet? Robert: I was heading to coffee with his friends one morning at work and Sarah stepped off the elevator, with her stunning good looks, with her hair done, cute skirt and nice shoes. I said hi to her and Sarah smiled as she walked by, heading to her desk. I decided that I didn’t want coffee any longer and followed Sarah to her desk. Best decision I made!

So Robert and Sarah had a common LOVE and that was diving. What better place to get married then the Cayman Islands, where you can dive pretty much 365 days a year. When Sarah told me that she wanted to make a dive before the wedding and would I come with them for an hour to photograph them doing their favourite thing… diving. Sure, why not… how hard can it be:)? hmmmmmmm anyhow thanks to their dive buddies who came with us, preventing me from “sinking in the drink”, we had a great time and got some fun photos. Love the one below of these guys where Sarah wrote “Do You?” on the slate, and Robert checked off “YES!” Which was a good idea, since the wedding was all planned at ready to go at the Grand Old House.

What was your favourite moment(s) from the wedding?

Sarah:
- The intense feeling that “it’s really happening!” that I got heading down to the first look. Happy emotion overwhelmed me, but I managed to swallow the sob that started the second I left the hotel room toward Robert.
- The crashing waves that were LOUD when I walked the path to the arch at the edge of the deck
– Reading our own vows – so happy we could share our commitment in our own words, promising ourselves forever

Robert:
- The first look – The build-up, then turning around and seeing Sarah on the bridge, looking so stunning.
- Watching Sarah walking down the aisle with her dad, because I knew this was our moment of commitment to each other. Plus, she had a HUGE smile on her face.

 

click below for slideshow….

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How did he pop the question?
Sarah: For our one year anniversary of dating, Robert booked us a weekend on the central Oregon coast, in Yachats. We’d been out wine tasting, and on the way back he got reeeeeaaaalllly quiet, and I started getting reaaaaaaallllly suspicious. Then on a walk on the rocky shoreline at sunset, he got down on one knee, and told me he did not want to be my boyfriend any longer. I gladly agreed to no longer be his girlfriend.

What advice would you offer to other couples planning a destination wedding?
We decided not to sweat the small stuff. If you choose a good location and good people to go with, all will be just great.
Our best cost saving decision was to book a big condo on VRBO. So much cheaper than hotels, allowed more time together, and a kitchen to handle most meals and snacks. (Not to mention, we chose a place with scuba tanks and weights available on site, for unlimited shore diving just steps away – paradise!!)

What photography-related advice would you offer to a couple?
Use a local photographer! We attended wedding shows back in Oregon where photographers were jumping at the chance to follow us to Grand Cayman to shoot our wedding. No thanks! Working with Rebecca was so much better because she knew the island, the best spots for the right time of day, what to do when the beach we wanted was too crowded, etc. We were in the best hands to take care of us.

Tell me about your dress. Where did you find it, how did you choose it, how did you know it was the one?
My cousin and I scoured new and used boutiques, and I tried on lots of dresses – but, especially in the new-dress boutiques, I felt very pressured to go with what the sales lady wanted, and not much about what I liked. By going to a used boutique, I could get a much better dress for the money – a dress worth thousands of dollars could be had for hundreds – and the variety was surprisingly very good!

How was your experience taking photos/working with me on your wedding day?
Rebecca was game! We had this crazy (very crazy) idea of incorporating some underwater pictures into our photos of the day. I dressed into scuba gear and a veil, and Robert added a bow-tie to his gettup. I still eager to see if our insane idea will yield the funny pictures we were hoping for, but it was a wild fun time regardless, and ‘no photographers were drowned in the making of this shoot’.

Any tips on how to prepare for the wedding photos?
We didn’t have attendants, though Sarah’s cousin Grace was a LIFESAVER as ‘Bestest of the Bride’. She survived the heat of the day while we took pictures, helping Sarah in and out of the car, lifting her train over puddles and brush, and making sure that her lips had gloss. Thank you Grace!!
And for Robert, we had an extra undershirt and dress shirt available, just in case the heat was too much for keeping clothes looking nice. He didn’t need them in the end, but we’ve seen too many sad pictures around the web where I bet the groom wished for an extra set!

We love to hear about vendors you love. List any vendors here and feel free to share your experience. Be sure to include the name of the vendor, their profession, city/state, site or Facebook page and how your experience was!
Etsy.com was a life saver – so many options from everything like our Unity Sand vases, to the exact blend of sand colors we wanted, to the pretty dress hanger that said “Mrs. Scott”.

Did you find a store/site that had everything you were looking for? Use this space to talk about favorite shops. You can include where you got your dress, sites you got your veils/décor/accessories, etc.
• Sarah’s favorite two shops were The Unique, in Vancouver WA, and Richele Kay Bridal Consignment in Portland.
• Robert had good luck at the Men’s Wearhouse – just make sure you find a salesman with good taste and a fun personality.
• Our rings were from Kassab Jewelers in downtown Portland. The store is one of the only places in Oregon that sells the Gelin Abaci tension-set engagement ring that Robert selected

What were you most anxious, nervous or fearful about regarding your wedding day and what was the outcome?
We were anxious about keeping to the timeline – it was a bit rushed (our fault!) because we tried to fit so much into that morning, but Rebecca did a great job of guiding us along and we made it to the sunset kiss on time!

Cayman Villas of the Galleon Wedding | Lisa and Jeff | 3.14.15 or π

“To love you is the greatest honor and treat of my life and to be loved by you is a dream come true”

 

Lisa and Jeff’s wedding at the Villas of the Galleon was held on a special date, 3.14.15 π, everything about this wedding was unique. Jeff and Lisa had personalized vows, beautiful decor with incredible details and speeches to make everyone tear up and yes…. Jeff even played the guitar and sang. You can just tell by the photos what type of personalities these guys have. They laughed more in their ceremony than any other couple I have photographed. Love love love the details in this wedding! You have to scroll down to the bottom, Lisa sent me their vows as they were so much fun. Jeff said the above that I put in quotation marks so so so nice… and Lisa “I promise to let you have ‘your time’ with the Xbox I bought for you.” It doesn’t get better than that!!

Wedding Planner: Celebrations

Videography: Picture This Studios

Cake: Luca

DJ: DJ Craig | One World

Dress Boutique and designer: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon, Kelly Faetanini

 

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On a random Saturday morning while I sat on the couch in my pajamas. I was completely surprised. Then we headed off out of town for an entire weekend trip he’d planned in advance.How long have you been together?
Exactly three years on the day of our wedding.

What was your favorite moment(s) from the wedding?
Hearing the vows each other had written for the very first time during the ceremony.

How would you describe your overall wedding experience?
Flawless! It was a perfect compilation of friends, family, beautiful surroundings, amazing food and drinks that resulted in a week long party of our dreams!

What advice would you offer to other couples planning a destination wedding?

It takes an incredible amount of planning, but the two most important things are 1) find a local and reputable wedding planner, this is not an area you want to scrimp on!, 2) although it can be difficult, take the time to add your own personal touches and decor to the wedding ceremony and reception to make it your own.

Tell me about your dress. Where did you find it, how did you choose it, how did you know it was the one?

My mother-in-law hosted an incredible trip to New York City with myself, my sister, and my sister-in-law. Three days packed with bridal boutiques, Broadway shows, culinary indulgences, and good times with family that resulted in me finding the perfect dress. I had almost given up hope until the very last appointment when I tried on a dress that had every detail I had been looking for…I knew it was the one as soon as I put it on!

Any tips on how to prepare for the wedding photos?
Make sure you write down a list of all the shots you must have and provide it to the photographer in advance. Also, take the time to do a trial of hair and make-up including some practice photos to see how you look at each angle.

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We love to hear about vendors you love. List any vendors here and feel free to share your experience. Be sure to include the name of the vendor, their profession, city/state, site or Facebook page and how your experience was!
Wedding planners: Celebrations – created our dream wedding all from Pinterest posts and emails throughout the preceding year without ever meeting us. Highly professional and enjoyable to work with. Also provided all the floral arrangements which were breathtakingly beautiful.
Music: DJ Craig – created the perfect playlist for our reception along with being a really nice person!
Cocktail Hour and Reception: Luca Restaurant – incredible!…fine dining food, craft cocktails, exceptional wines and impeccable service at wedding, who knew it could be done!

Did you find a store/site that had everything you were looking for? Use this space to talk about favorite shops. You can include where you got your dress, sites you got your veils/décor/accessories, etc.

Etsy, Etsy, Etsy!…I cannot thank all the Etsy vendors who provided decor and services enough! Especially Sofia at LoveEmbellished who crafted vintage paper roses that we incorporated throughout each stage of the wedding and Liz at PompDesigns who was a dream to work with as she created all the signage for the wedding.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to other couples for planning their wedding?

Avoid having to worry about any of the financial aspects of the wedding starting the week prior to the event. Pay as many vendors in full ahead of time as able and have vendor tips, including necessary cash and thank you cards, done in advance and allow your wedding planner to delivery them.Wish Lanterns were the perfect ending to this incredible event

The Vows…..

 

JEFF:

Lisa, you came into my life like a whirlwind – sweeping me off my stubborn feet. Over time we grew as friends, as roommates, as food critics, …as lovers! And on March 14, 2012, I shed my wicked ways and set down the path of righteousness. Since then, there is not a day that goes by that I don’t wonder how I could have gotten so lucky.

So for you Lisa…

  • I promise to love you unconditionally over everyone else…even my Rochelle (here I can use inside jokes…).
  • I vow to forever love and laugh with you to all the parts of the world – even places without insulin (because you’ll remind me to bring it).
  • I promise to never stop growing, communicating, and listening to you.
  • I vow to provide a home with a garden for succulents and room for your antique-y things.
  • I promise to continue to make you feel safe. Not because of my large muscles and tall stature, but by loving you unconditionally and by providing a home safe from judgment. To always love you for who you are.
  • I promise to make sure you do not fall asleep with your contacts in and to provide you with turn down service life long.
  • I promise to always be Jeff. The Jeff’s whose nature at times can be challenging, but forever unique and endearing. The Jeff who is always a great time!

Lisa, to love you is the greatest honor and treat of my life and to be loved by you is a dream come true. You’ve unlocked the door to my heart and allowed me to make not only the most mature, but BEST decision of my life. Thank you!

 

Jeff, I can remember they very first time I saw you. You were sitting at a computer on 6 East at UMass. I had an instant attraction to you, although, we didn’t even speak to each other at the time. It wasn’t until 4 months later we had our first date, the details of which will always remain between us. There was immediate chemistry between us and I think we both knew there was something special between us. Since that time, you have allowed your innate kind and loving nature to shine through to the point I feel adored each and every day. I love and trust you more than anyone I’ve ever known. I feel privileged to have such a connection with another human being that I don’t believe everyone gets the opportunity to have.

LISA:

  • I promise to always take care of you by always cooking you well seasoned food, by waking up in the middle of the night to check your blood glucose and inevitably getting you a glass of orange juice, and by allowing you to use my purse as your pharmaceutical receptacle, for your epipen, glucagon, insulin, lactaid…
  • (Vows Lisa forgot to read during the ceremony…
    o I promise to continue to sing off key and mess up the words of my favorite songs.
    o I pledge to accept I will forever be running late and I will be tied with sleeping in as the love of your life.)
  • I Lisa…vow to wake on the first, or at most, the second attempt you make to get me to sleep in bed and not on the couch with my contacts still in.
  • I promise to let you have “your time” with the Xbox I bought for you.
  • I vow to continue to cook awesome meals for you and not complain when you want to sneak in Wendy’s or Burger King here and there. Jeff, I truly believe the most important decision a person can make in life is who they will marry and I think I’ve made a great one! I adore you and thank you for making me feel adored. We are going to have such a fun life together!

 

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